The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Pennsylvania Key coordinates the CDA Assessment Fee Voucher Program, which supplies payment for the CDA Assessment Fee that is required to complete the process.

For the 2018-19 Fiscal Year:

  • All CDA Voucher Applications for the current fiscal year must be submitted by June 15, 2019.
  • Any CDA Vouchers issued during this fiscal year must be redeemed on the CDA Council website ( by June 30, 2019.

Beginning July 1, 2019, at the beginning of the new fiscal year (2019-20), applications will process through the PD Registry ( More information on this change to follow.

For more information on the CDA and the CDA Voucher Assessment Fee Voucher Program, visit the CDA page on The Pennsylvania Key website (

Questions? Email or call 1-800-284-6031.